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Proper Job

Loves to learn new things and make stuff...properly. Born and living in the Thames Valley west of London, England. I have an office job during the day, but evenings and weekends are all about making.

FamilyHobbies

There are quite a few alternatives to natural clay for pottery, sculpture and model making. Some (paper mache or plasticine) are in most cases unsuitable for people looking for a hard, unbending finished piece. But there are two forms of modelling material that can produce a finish like kiln fired

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wood stove
Cleaning

Whether your log burning stove is made of cast iron or sheet steel, it will get dark quite quickly. The glass needs cleaning almost every time you use it, but about once a month (in winter when you are using it)  you will want to give the outside of your

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SeaSucker Talon Bike Rack
Hobbies

This bike mount really sucks … but in a good way.  I don’t generally write posts enthusing about technology, but I saw  the SeaSuckerTalon for the first time last week. I was genuinely impressed. Apparently they are huge in the US but have only been imported in limited quantities in

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Sharp pile rug with underlay
Cleaning

Shagpile rug are  wonderfully sensuous underfoot.  Walking barefoot or shagpile rug is one of the real pleasures in life.  However after a year  or two the pile starts to flatten and sensation becomes less and less enjoyable.  The good news is that returning a shagpile to something close to that

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Henry VIII hat
HobbiesFamily

The same basic hat shape worn by King Henry VIII was also worn by men of all classes in the fifteen hundreds. The only real differences were the materials used and added decorations. If you want one of your own, the good news is that although they haven’t been available

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NatureFamilyHobbies

Whether starting from seeds or seedlings bought from a nursery, Growing chilies at home is so simple that even if you don’t ‘do it properly’ you will still probably end up with a great crop of delicious fiery peppers. Not just the bog standard varieties either. You can enjoy exotic

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Hobbies

I had a go at making some finger rings out of scrapwood and was stunned with the high quality results. It really is an easy task to turn scrap into objects of beauty and value using only very simple tools. The technique is simply to take a shaving from a

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nettles
Home brewingHobbiesNature

Nettles are nasty stinging weeds and we all hate them. Except that they are also a fantastic for turning into nettle beer which gets you trousered is easy to make and tastes utterly delicious. For these reasons I have to say that I think nettles are wonderful plants that should

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palett sofa
HobbiesBuildingGardening

If you’re thinking of buying a new garden sofa you could well be looking at spending over £1000 for anything half decent. Why not create something that is both totally bespoke and more solid than anything you can buy in the shops or online. By making your own sofa from

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pound sign burned into wood
BusinessHobbies

Your hobby can make you money. Some people get lucky and become millionaires. Others just make a few extra quid doing what they were doing anyway. I have personal experience of this and while my hobby/business didn’t make me a millionaire, it gave me a substantial extra cash bonus every

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